Cloud Storage: 5 Alternatives, What’s in It for You?

Cloud Storage: 5 Alternatives, What's in It for You?

It’s cloud storage week, with Dropbox rolling out an update that improves how its users can share things, Microsoft’s SkyDrive getting dedicated desktop apps and a revamped feature set, and Google Drive finally making its long-awaited debut. The market suddenly got much more competitive perhaps even before we all realized it was necessary.

Although there are many more options out there, some serving specific niches, we’ve hand-picked what arguably are the most high-profile and consumer-friendly cloud storage services currently out. We took them for a spin to see how well they stack against each other, first with a brief overview on the table below and later in better detail, with impressions and commentary to give you a better idea of which one may fit your needs best.

Dropbox Google Drive iCloud SkyDrive SugarSync
Free storage 2GB 5GB 5GB 7GB
(25GB limited time offer)
5GB
Additional storage (price per year) 50GB ($99);
100GB ($199)
25GB ($30);
100GB ($60)
10GB ($20);
20GB ($40);
50GB ($100)
20GB ($10);
50GB ($25);
100GB ($50)
30GB ($50);
60GB ($100);
100GB ($150)
File size limit 300MB via browser, unlimited from desktop 10GB 25MB free accounts, 250MB paid users 2GB
Desktop apps Windows, OS X, Linux Windows, OS X Windows, OS X Windows, OS X Windows, OS X
Mobile apps iOS, Android, BlackBerry Android, iOS iOS Windows Phone, iOS iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone
Web interface Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Version tracking Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Multiple folder sync No No No Sort of Yes
Sync over LAN Yes No Yes No No
Stream to mobile Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Public sharing Yes Yes No Yes Yes
File/folder collaboration Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Password protect file sharing No No No No Yes
Dropbox

Dropbox wasn’t the first cloud-based storage service in the market, but it certainly was the one that pioneered the seamless one-folder synchronization approach that everyone is following now: toss any file into a preset folder and it automatically appears in any other device connected to your account. Make an edit and everything synchronizes instantaneously. Famous for its simplicity and ease of use, Dropbox doesn’t fall behind when it comes to features either, with a version tracking system, easy sharing, collaboration options, and more.

Performance-wise Dropbox offers more flexibility than most competing services. You can tweak how fast it uploads and downloads files, which is great if you don’t want it to steal bandwidth from other important things, and if two devices are on the same network they will sync much faster over LAN.

 

 

The Dropbox client works the same on every major platform — Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, BlackBerry — and you can also access your files through its clean and capable web interface on any device with a browser. Another key strength is that its popularity has led a lot of third-party developers to integrate Dropbox synchronization functionality into their apps and services using the public API.

Its main drawback? Dropbox offers just 2GB of storage for free, which compares unfavorably to rivals, but you can bump that up to 18GB without spending a dime by referring new users (at 500MB bonus space apiece). Paid storage is also expensive: 50GB or 100GB of extra storage costs $9.99 or $19.99 a month.

Google Drive

The debutant Google Drive offers the same drag-and-drop synchronization capabilities as Dropbox on the desktop, with clients available for Windows and OS X, but its web portion is more robust than the latter. On the web, Drive ties in with Google Docs and another handful of Drive apps for Chrome to support up to 30 types of files, allowing you to view or edit images and videos, work on documents, and more, right inside the browser.

Sharing capabilities are also present, but as far as I can tell you can’t set permissions from the desktop client, so you’ll need to go to the web app and click through a few options depending if you want to send by email, share with other users, or make a file public. You can set files as view-only or make them editable.

 

 

Search is also a big part of Google Drive — again, from the web interface — allowing you to search by document type, owner, and other advanced filters. There’s even OCR capabilities built into the service so Google will scan any images on your Drive account for text and make them searchable, or if Google can decipher the contents of your pictures (a landmark, for example), you can just search by subject and it will come up in the results. That’s a neat feature indeed, although it might turn off more privacy conscious users — especially after checking the TOS.

Google Drive is also available on Android and the iOS client is supposedly on the way. It comes with 5GB of free storage (Google Docs files don’t count towards that limit), and offers upgrade options like $2.49/month for 25GB of extra storage, $4.99/month for 100GB of storage, and 200GB for $9.99/month.

Apple iCloud

Apple’s iCloud lacks many of the features available in cloud storage services like Dropbox or SkyDrive, but still stands to grab a good chunk of the market for a simple reason: its deep integration with iOS. In fact, almost 70% of the 350+ million iDevice users have access to iCloud, with over 100 million using it already.

If you are into the Apple ecosystem this one is a no-brainer. It’s virtually transparent to the user and can keep your mail, contacts, calendar, documents, backups, and more, synchronized and stored in the cloud. Apple’s iWork suite as well as various third-party OS X and iOS apps come with iCloud sync capabilities built in, but aside from those you won’t be able to just throw any type of file into your account. It’s definitely a more streamlined yet closed way to manage your stuff in the cloud.

 

 

Your music, movies, apps, books, and TV shows purchased from iTunes are saved to the cloud but don’t count against your free storage, and you’ll be able to stream that content to your iPhone and iPad. Pay an extra $25 a year for iTunes Match and you’ll be able to store and stream music obtained from other sources, too.

The web interface is more limited compared to other cloud services but it’s there in case you need to quickly check up on you mail, contacts or iWork documents from a browser, or to use the handy “Find My Phone” feature. Otherwise it’s available on Mac, Windows and iOS and comes with 5GB of storage for free.

SkyDrive, SugarSync, Our Picks

SkyDrive

Microsoft’s SkyDrive has been around for a while but just recently it received a major revamp that puts the service in the spotlight once again. New dedicated apps for Windows and OS X integrate into the OS with a folder where users can drop files into. The service now includes the synchronization abilities of Live Mesh as well as its unique “fetch” feature, which enables you to remotely access any file on your computer, even those outside the default SkyDrive folder. Mobile apps are available for iOS and Windows Phone.

 

 

Like Google Drive, SkyDrive’s web interface lets you create and edit documents within the browser for Microsoft Office products like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, and everything is searchable powered by Bing. You can also share files and folders with groups or via public links and set them as view-only or allow edits.

Overall SkyDrive is a very well-rounded cloud storage solution. It comes with 7GB of space, which is already enough to beat the other contenders in this round-up, and if you signed up before April 22 you can bump that to 25GB. Extra storage is also the cheapest all around at $10, $25 and $50 per year for 20GB, 50GB or 100GB.

SugarSync

Another well-established cloud storage provider and perhaps one of the most feature rich services you will find. SugarSync is among the very few that lets users pick folders all over your computer to sync, rather than having users reorganize stuff and throw everything into a single folder. This allows very fine-grained control over what to sync to each device connected to your account.

That extra flexibility brings some added complexity that might turn off novice users — it’s not rocket science but it is a bit more work to manage compared to services like Dropbox that require almost no user intervention.

 

 

Other features include uploading via email (with Outlook integration), no file size limits, media streaming to mobile devices, and the ability to share files and folders with specific users or publicly, with the option to password-protect said files. There’s also version tracking but versions are only saved for 5 days versus 25-30 on all others.

SugarSync is available on Windows and OS X desktops and just about every mobile platform. You get 5GB of free storage out of the box, while additional storage can be had for a monthly fee of $4.99 (30GB), $9.99 (60GB), $14.99 (100GB), $24.99 (250GB), or $39.99 (500GB).

Making some picks

The great thing about having many free cloud storage options is that we don’t really need to pick one single winner. Rather, you should pick whatever meets your needs and has the stronger support for the platforms you use. If you are running low on space you could even combine two or three while sticking in the free tier.

In my case, combining iCloud and Dropbox works just fine. The first because I already have a couple of iDevices and using the cloud to backup my data is as simple as flipping a switch. The second because I’ve been using it for years to store my day-to-day work files and other important stuff I may need access to while on the go. A service like SkyDrive could replace Dropbox for me, but for now at least, since I’m not running low on space, not even the free 25GB are enough incentive to switch.

If I were to pick some winners, however, I’d go for something like this:

  • Ease of use without sacrificing features: Dropbox.
  • Best deal on free and paid storage: SkyDrive
  • Fine-grained control and vast feature set: SugarSync
  • Best browser experience (and no-brainer if you use Google Docs a lot): Google Drive

What is disk defragmentation? The Benefits of Defragmenting Your Hard Drives

What is disk defragmentation?

 

Disk defragmentation describes the process of consolidating fragmented files on your computer’s hard disk.

Fragmentation happens to a hard disk over time as you save, change, or delete files. The changes that you save to a file are often stored at a location on the hard disk that’s different from the original file. Additional changes are saved to even more locations. Over time, both the file and the hard disk itself become fragmented, and your computer slows down as it has to look in many different places to open a file.

Disk Defragmenter is a tool that rearranges the data on your hard disk and reunites fragmented files so your computer can run more efficiently. In this version of Windows, Disk Defragmenter runs on a schedule so you don’t have to remember to run it, although you can still run it manually or change the schedule it uses.

 

The Benefits of Defragmenting Your Hard Drives

Have you ever noticed that the more files you save on you computer: pictures, word documents, videos, etc, the slower it gets? This is partly because of how magnetic hard drives work, and partly because of how the Windows File System works. Magnetic hard drives have moving parts in them. The platters, or discs, where information is stored are constantly spinning, and a metal arm controlled by an actuator moves across the platters. At the end of the arm is a read/write head. The read/write head reads data from your hard drive back to your operating system, and it also writes data from your operating system back to the hard drive.These moving parts inside a hard drive limit it’s possible speed. Data can only be accessed at the speed the platters rotate, and the speed the arm moves the read/write head to access data.

The second cause is the Windows File System. When you delete files and programs, they are not really deleted from the disc. What is actually deleted is a pointer in the file system which tells Windows where your file is located on the hard drive. Once that pointer is deleted, then as far as Windows is concerned, the file no longer exists. So the next time Windows wants to write more files to the hard drive, it will consider the space occupied by that file as empty, and may write new information over it. This can lead to parts of files being written to separate areas on your hard drive. When the file is written to random areas all over your hard drive, then it increases the time it takes Windows to access the file. This is because the read/write head must be moved to several places on the hard drive before the entire file can be accessed.

Defragmenting the hard drive addresses this problem by moving these broken bits of indivdual files to the same place on the hard drive. Once all parts of each individual file have been placed side by side, they are called contiguous files. When all parts of a file are in the same place on your hard drive, the read/write head doesn’t have to move all around the drive to read your file, or to write a new one. The result is your files and applications will load faster.

You can defragment your hard drive by clicking on the My Computericon on your desktop, or the Computer icon on the Start Menu. Then just right-click on the drive you want to defragment (You can only defragment hard drives). Select properties from the drop down menu and then select the tools tab. Click defragment now to defragment your hard drive. It’s best to defragment when you aren’t using the computer, as it will of course slow down your computer, as it’s a very hard drive intensive task that will slow down the hard drive while it’s being defragmented.  If you are running Microsoft Windows Vista then your computer will automatically defragment the hard drive.

The benefits of defragmenting are usually only noticeable after several gigabytes of information have been written to a hard drives, and multiple files or programs have been deleted or removed. Hard drives which have been used for a year or more could certainly benefit from defragmenting.

 

How to Access Region-Locked Online Content From Anywhere

How to Access Region-Locked Online Content From Anywhere

 

Online services like Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Spotify, Steam and many others have changed the way millions of people access media. They’ve brought upon an era of instant, on-demand digital media consumption in a world where linear programming, bundled content, and physical formats no longer fit many people’s lives.

Unfortunately this is a revolution not everyone can partake in (not yet or not as easily, at least) as such services employ region locks to limit access from specific countries. More often than not it’s not actually their fault, they just need to abide by archaic license agreements enforced by the actual content owners.

In this article we’ll offer you three alternatives to get around these restrictions. Each has their advantages and disadvantages and whichever route you choose will depend on the services you need to access as well as the devices you need to access them from — not to mention whether you are willing to pay or not.

Most likely you’ll only need one of these options. Here’s a brief explanation of what you can expect from each of them, so you can jump to the one that better suits the task and quickly get on your way.

Proxy VPN DNS redirector
Quick and simple way to bypass websites’ geographic restrictions.

Many free proxies available, but most don’t allow streaming.

Solid free alternative but limited to Hulu, YouTube and Grooveshark.

Paid proxies start at ~$5 per month (pay as you go).

Easy to configure on browsers, but not always on other apps or non-PC players (consoles, streaming box, etc.)

Access and stream from any region-blocked website.

Encrypted connections, better privacy overall.

Few free options available, with speed and data limitations.

Paid VPNs start at ~$7 per month (cheaper when bought yearly).

Easy to configure on PCs, but not always on other non-PC players (consoles, streaming box, etc.)

Access only supported region-blocked websites (most popular services are covered).

Few free options available

Paid alternatives start at ~$5 (pay as you go).

Paid services offer fast speeds, encrypted connections.

Easy to configure on PCs, easiest to configure on non-PC players (consoles, streaming box, etc.)

Alternative #1: Proxy

Using a proxy is a quick and simple way to bypass websites’ geographic restrictions. There are many public proxies freely available on aggregators like proxy.org, this database at Hide My Assupdated in real time, or via a simple Google search ([country name] free proxy). Ideally you’ll want to look for a “high anonymity” proxy, which doesn’t reveal your IP to the remote host or identifies itself as a proxy when connecting to websites.

 

 

To start using a proxy as an intermediary for your web requests simply enter the information in your browser:

Firefox: Tools > Options > Advanced > Settings > Manual proxy configuration.
Chrome: Settings > Network > Change proxy settings > LAN settings > Use proxy server > Advanced > HTTP.
IE: Tools > Internet options > Connections > LAN settings > Use proxy server > Advanced > HTTP.
Opera: Tools > Preferences > Advanced > Network.

As with almost anything that comes for free, though, there are a few caveats. For starters, most free proxies don’t allow streaming, so you’ll have to dig around. You may also need to change proxies frequently which is a bit cumbersome in the long run compared to a VPN. Lastly, since these are public proxies we’re talking about, there are really no guarantees of a secure connection, so you don’t want to leave them on all the time.

Another free alternative is ProxMate, a simple extension for Chrome and Firefox that unblocks region-specific content from YouTube, Hulu, and Grooveshark. Currently it’s limited to those services, but promises to add more in the future and also lets you set up your own proxy servers to automatically get around any country-specific blocks. Plus, you can conveniently enable or disable it straight from the browser toolbar.

 

 
After installing ProxMate you’ll see a link to unblock videos on Hulu

 

If you’ll be using a proxy frequently, consider a paid service like FoxyProxy, which offers access to high-speed proxies in many countries and access to a VPN for $8 per month, or $4.50 if you buy the whole year.

Alternative #2: VPN

Proxies are okay for getting around region blocks occasionally but they are far from ideal if you want permanent, reliable access to media streaming services from your PC — plus they only work with applications that actually support proxies, like browsers. Virtual Private Networks are a safer bet and you can even find some free alternatives, albeit with some limitations when it comes to speed and bandwidth caps.

Basically a VPN creates a connection between your computer and a server in a host country, which will assign you an IP and route all Internet traffic through that connection. This means your actual IP will be hidden and to any site you visit it will look like the request originated in the host server country.

Most VPNs offer some level of encryption for added privacy and security and some offer a choice of server locations; so if you want to watch Hulu, for example, you can connect to a server in the US. Switch to a UK server and you can access BBC’s iPlayer. Others even advertise total privacy packages with servers in the Netherlands or safe P2P downloads through servers in Lithuania, Ukraine, Russia, Estonia. But I digress.

HotSpot Shield is arguably the most popular free VPN service; it requires downloading a special app and you’ll be able to stream US-based content in no time, but you’ll have to put up with ads while browsing and very often with slow connections. Also, services like Hulu have been known to actively block HotSpot Shield.

 

 

My preferred free alternative and the one I’d recommend to anyone just getting started with VPNs is called TunnelBear. It works with a standalone app on OS X or Windows and it’s extremely easy to use. There’s no configuration involved, just install it and sign up for an account. Within the TunnelBear interface you’ll be able to turn the VPN connection on or off with a single click and switch between US or UK servers just as easy.

The only caveat (there’s always one with free services) is that you are limited to 500MB of data per month. On the upside, there are no ads, and you can always upgrade to a paid account with unlimited bandwidth for $5 monthly or $50 for the whole year, which is actually quite competitive. TunnelBear uses 128-bit and 256-bit encryption for its free and paid services, respectively, and doesn’t log any of your web activities.

Other paid alternatives I’ve tried ranging in price from $5 – $10 a month include StrongVPN andBlackVPN. Both are reputable services with their own advantages and disadvantages. Be sure to read their logging and privacy policies — TorrentFreak ran a survey that gives you the gist of it on these and several other VPN services. In any case, for the purpose of this article which is getting around geo-blocks, you shouldn’t be too concerned about it. No one’s coming after you for streaming an episode of Parks and Rec overseas.

 

 

Setting up these paid VPN services is not hard but requires a little more effort. We won’t go into details as you’ll find specific instructions for the service you choose — something like this:BlackVPN or StrongVPN.

#3 DNS redirector, Subscribing to paid services

Alternative #3: DNS redirector

Although VPNs make up for the best region-cracking solution they aren’t without their drawbacks. For one thing, they require a middle man, which can result in speed loss for those with super fast connections. They are also easy to setup on a computer and some mobile devices but not so much if you want to use it to route Internet traffic from any device in your house — Xbox 360, Apple TV, and whatnot. It’s not impossible but you’ll need to hack your router with custom firmware or buy a preconfigured one to run your network with.

If you don’t want to go through all that hassle then DNS redirectors pose an interesting alternative. Basically you’ll be able watch locked content on multiple devices — even simultaneously — simply by changing the DNS server settings on your computer, console, router, or a number of supported devices.

 


DNS settings in Windows 7 – you’ll need to configure these on each device/player you want to use 

It’s not entirely clear to me how it works (the explanations I’ve read from these services include the words “magic” and “secret sauce”) but in a nutshell they create a network tunnel from your location to a remote server usually in the US or UK, so it appears that requests actually originate from those countries.

It’s one of the easiest solutions I’ve come across and it works. The main disadvantage is that it only works for a set of supported services and players. The good news is that the list of supported services and players is usually pretty extensive and new ones are added if there’s enough demand for them.

 

 

For a free alternative try Tunlr. It supports close to 30 services, including most of the popular ones like Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, and BBC iPlayer. Supported players include Mac and Windows computers, as well as the Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Android devices, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles. Their service will remain free, they don’t log your internet activities, and though it works well they’re not aiming to provide a professional 24/7 service. “Tunlr is up when it’s up, and is down when it’s down,” reads their FAQ.

For paid services, Unblock-us and UnoDNS are popular choices, and both offer free trials. I’ve only tried the latter which advertises faster than VPN speeds, no bandwidth caps, 256-bit encryption, among other things. From my experience it does work quite fast and it has a huge list of supported ‘channels’ offered in a premium ($4.95/mo.) or gold ($7.95/mo.) plan. They support many different devices and work on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Device specific instructions for each service are available on their respective sites: Tunlr,Unblock-usUnoDNS.

Subscribing to paid, region-locked streaming services

Any of the alternatives we’ve presented you with will let you get around region blocks and start streaming content regardless of your geographic location. It should be noted that none of these will enable free access to paid content, however. Some services like Hulu and Spotify offer free, ad-supported tiers in addition to a premium option while others strictly require a paid subscription in order to use them.

Unfortunately, most — if not all — for-pay services also require that the credit card you are using to subscribe is issued in the country you’re spoofing. So even if you want to pay the monthly subscription for Hulu Plus, for example, and you’ve gone through the extra effort and expense of setting up a VPN account, you still won’t be able to give them your hard earned money. You need to jump through a few more hoops.

 

 

A prepaid Entropay virtual card can help you with that. It’s like a regular Visa except you charge it upfront using your credit card and can only spend whatever funds you have available at the moment.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Sign up for an Entropay account and choose the desired currency from the drop down menu in the process (e.g. USD if you need an US-issued card). Under Country, enter your actual country, so that it matches the billing address in file for the card you’ll use to fund your Entropay account.
  2. On the next screen fill in the details of the credit card you will use to fund the virtual Visa card. The charge up fee is 4.95% of the total amount and the minimum charge up amount is $20.
  3. That’s it! Entropay will generate a virtual prepaid Visa for you to use with the amount funded. You’ll get a working card number, expiry date, name, and security code just like a regular Visa. In some cases Entropay may follow up to verify your details by asking for a photo ID and a credit card statement.

So there you go, you can now access region locked services and also pay for a premium subscription with a working Visa. All in all, it will cost you a bit more but your other options are moving to another country or wait it out until content owners decide to join the new millennium and work out international licensing.

It’s worth noting that you’ll still need to enter a valid country-specific physical address when registering with some services. Usually, any valid address will do, so just look up a commerce or something and use that.

Lastly, please note that, knowing of this loophole, some services have decided to stop accepting Entropay, so do some research before funding your virtual card. Netflix and Hulu Plus are among those sites, but people have reported it’s still possible to work around that extra hurdle by signing up for a US Paypal account, linking it up to your Entropay account, and then use Paypal as the payment option. Easy peasy!

 

What Is Torrent? How can i download from torrent ?

What Is Torrent?

Torrent is a small file (around few kb’s) with the suffix .torrent, which contains all the information needed to download a file the torrent was made for. That means it contains file names, their sizes, where to download from and so on. You can get torrents for almost anything on lots of web sites and torrent search engines.
Torrent is the most popular way of downloading large files, including movies and games

How can i download torrent?

You just need a torrent client software. Then you open the torrent file inside your client, set a place where you want to download desired files and then just wait till it’s downloaded. Downloading with a torrent is no more complicated than using any other p2p application, but even simpler.

After installing a torrent client, go google and type the name of the stuff u need, then leave a space, type ‘.torrent’ and search!

Torrent Client: http://www.vuze.com

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What is Rooting on Android? The Advantages and Disadvantages

What is Rooting?

“Rooting” your device means obtaining “superuser” rights and permissions to your Android’s software. With these elevated user privileges, you gain the ability to load custom software (ROM’s), install custom themes, increase performance, increase battery life, and the ability to install software that would otherwise cost extra money (ex: WiFi tethering). Rooting is essentially “hacking” yourAndroid device. In the iPhone world, this would be the equivalent to “Jailbreaking” your phone.

What are the Advantages of Rooting?

Custom Software (ROM’s)

You may have heard of people loading custom “ROM’s” on their devices. A “ROM” is the software that runs your device. It is stored in the “Read Only Memory” of your device. There are many great custom ROM’s available that can make yourAndroid device look and perform drastically different. For instance, you might be stuck with an older Android device that is stuck on an older version of the Android OS and it is not getting any of the newer updated versions of Android. With a custom ROM, you could load up the latest and greatest available Android versions and bring that antiquated device up to par with some of the newer ones. There are lots of great ROM’s available for many different phones and it is up to you to find the one that best meets your needs. The best place that I have found to find custom ROM’s for Androiddevices is the XDA Developers Forums. The XDA community is filled with smartphone enthusiasts and developers for the Android platform. Check them out and see if you find any ROM’s that would meet your needs. [Link Here]

Custom Themes

Themes are basically the graphics that appear on your Android device. Rooting your device allows you the ability to fully customize just about every graphic on your device. You can load custom themes that totally change the look and feel of your device. Here are some examples:http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=527

Kernel, speed, and battery

There are many custom ROM’s and apps available for rooted devices that will allow you to drastically improve the performance (speed) and also extend battery life on your device. A lot of developers tweak the kernels (layer of code that handles communication between the hardware and software) for added performance, battery life, and more.

Baseband

Rooting your device grants you the ability to update the Basebands on your smartphone. The Baseband is what controls the radio on your device. By updating to the latest Basebands, you can potentially improve both the signal and quality of your phone calls.

Latest Versions of Android

As mentioned earlier, custom ROM’s can allow you to update to the latest version of the Android OS before they are officially released. This is a great feature for those who are tech-savvy and want to stay on top of the latest and greatest software updates before it hits the mainstream crowd. This is also useful if you have an outdated device that is no longer being updated by the manufacturer.

Backing up your device

The ability to easily backup all of your Apps and Data is one feature that is sorely missed on the stock build of Android devices. But if you root your device, backing up everything on your device (both apps and data) becomes a simple task. Titanium Backup is a must have app for anyone who has rooted their devices and wants to backup and restore their phones. [Market Link]

Unlocking Additional Features

By rooting your Android device you also gain the ability to unlock some features that your carrier may charge for. One example is enabling free WiFi and USB tethering, which many carriers charge money for. Now, I’m not suggesting you do this. But I did want to make you aware of the fact that it is possible to do this. However, your carrier may catch on to the fact that you are using your device as a free WiFi hotspot and figure out a way to charge you for it. So use this feature at your own risk!

What are the Disadvantages of Rooting?

Bricking

The number one reason not to root your device is the potential risk of “bricking” it. As mentioned earlier, “bricking” your device means screwing up your phone software so badly that your phone can no longer function properly and is pretty much as useless as a brick. You would likely need to purchase a new Android device since the manufacturer of your device will void the warranty after any attempts at rooting.

Security

There is an increased risk of unknowingly installing malicious software when you root an Android device. Root access circumvents the security restrictions that are put in place by the Android OS. There isn’t really an effective way to tell just what the application intends to do with that “superuser” power. You are putting a lot of trust into the developer’s hands. In most cases, these applications are open source and the community can take a look at the source code to assess the risk. But, nevertheless, the risk is there. Fortunately, malicious software on rooted devices hasn’t really been a problem as of yet. But I thought it was worth mentioning since this could be a potential risk in the future. I’d recommend installing an Anti-Virus and Security App just to be safe. Lookout Mobile Security seems to be one of the best ones available at the moment. [Link Here]

Can I Unroot my device if I change my mind?

Yes. You would need to do some research for your specific type of device. As mentioned earlier, the XDA Developer Forums is the best place to start. [Link Here]

How do I learn how to root my device?

Unfortunately, there is no easy way to teach someone how to root their Android device. Each device has a unique method to rooting and some research most be done on your part. As I mentioned earlier, the best place to start would be the XDA Developer Forums. [Link Here]  Another option is to simply Google your model phone and the term root (ex. “HTC EVO root”). Have fun and good luck to all of you! I hope you found this lesson on rooting to be helpful.

Adobe Photoshop Bangla Tutorial

Photoshop এর কাজ শিখতে চান?
আপনাদের জন্য নিয়ে এলাম Adobe Photoshop  এর টিউটোরিয়াল।
বাংলা ও ইংরেজি দুটোই আপনাদের সাথে শেয়ার করলাম।
আশা করি আপনাদের কাজে লাগবে।
পাশেই থাকুন।

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